22 user 6 critic

The Singer Not the Song (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama, Western | 2 May 1962 (USA)
In a small Mexican town, a Catholic priest (Sir John Mills) and a local bandit (Sir Dirk Bogarde) clash, but the brave priest ultimately wins the outlaw's respect.


Roy Ward Baker (as Roy Baker)


Audrey Erskine-Lindop (novel) (as Audrey Erskine Lindop), Nigel Balchin (screenplay)


Learn more

More Like This 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A rather undiplomatic British diplomat takes up his new post in Spain accompanied by his son Nicholas. The posting is something of a disappointment to the father, who was hoping for a ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Leacock
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Jon Whiteley, Michael Hordern
Night Ambush (1957)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Led by British officers, partisans on Crete plan to kidnap the island's German commander and smuggle him to Cairo to embarrass the occupiers.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Marius Goring, David Oxley
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

On the H.M.S. Defiant, during the French Revolutionary War, fair Captain Crawford is locked in a battle of wills against his cruel second-in-command Lieutenant Scott-Paget whose heavy-handed command style pushes the crew to mutiny.

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Alec Guinness, Dirk Bogarde, Maurice Denham
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An Englishman takes possession of his grandfather's Canadian land but he faces various challenges such as disgruntled locals, a ruthless contractor, a new power dam and his own bad health.

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker, Michael Craig
Victim (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The death of a young man leads to the discovery of a blackmail plot against a number of gay men in 1960s London.

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms, Dennis Price
Sebastian (1968)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A British mathematician, working on code decryption, unexpectedly falls in love with another decrypter. This leads them to a complicated intrigue within the codebreakers.

Director: David Greene
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Susannah York, Lilli Palmer
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

During World War I, an army private is accused of desertion during battle. The officer assigned to defend him at his court-martial finds out there is more to the case than meets the eye.

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Tom Courtenay, Leo McKern
Despair (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Germany in the early 1930s. Against the backdrop of the Nazis' rise, Hermann Hermann, a Russian émigré and chocolate magnate, goes slowly mad. It begins with his seating himself in a chair ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Andréa Ferréol, Klaus Löwitsch
Quartet (1948)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Four of Somerset Maugham's short stories are brought to the screen with each introduced by the author himself. In the first story, The Facts of Life, a young man with great potential on the... See full summary »

Directors: Ken Annakin, Arthur Crabtree, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne, Ian Fleming
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

During the 1960s in Britain, tense race relations between whites and blacks are affecting the workplace, the family, the dating scene, and the society at large.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: John Mills, Sylvia Syms, Brenda de Banzie
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A factory worker is fired from a reliable job and becomes a successful motorbike racer, until his wife threatens to leave him unless he comes to his senses. Produced by Ian Dalrymple. Written by Jack Lee.

Director: Jack Lee
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Bonar Colleano, Bill Owen
The Servant (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An upper-class man hires a servant who turns out to have a hidden agenda.

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig


Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Anacleto Comachi
John Mills ... Father Michael Keogh
Mylène Demongeot ... Locha de Cortinez
Laurence Naismith ... Old Uncle
John Bentley John Bentley ... Police Captain
Leslie French Leslie French ... Father Gomez
Eric Pohlmann ... Presidente
Norman Florence ... Vito (as Nyall Florenz)
Roger Delgado ... Pedro de Cortinez
Philip Gilbert ... Phil Brown
Selma Vaz Dias Selma Vaz Dias ... Chela
Laurence Payne ... Pablo
Jacqueline Evans Jacqueline Evans ... Dona Marian
Lee Montague ... Pepe
Serafina Di Leo Serafina Di Leo ... Jasefa


During the 1950s, in a small isolated Mexican village, the local Roman Catholic priest, Father Gomez (Leslie French), is an older man with a broken spirit. During his tenure in the village of Quantano, he fought hard to keep his flock of parishioners, in spite of threats and intimidation from the part of local bandit Anacleto Comachi (Sir Dirk Bogarde) and his men. The atheistic bandit has imposed his tyrannical rule over the region for many years. The local Police cannot find any witnesses to come forward and testify to any wrongdoing from the part of Anacleto. Therefore, they cannot charge him or arrest him. The Catholic Church replaces Father Gomez with a younger, more energetic priest, Father Keogh (Sir John Mills) from Ireland. Before departing the village, Father Gomez warns Father Keogh of the dangers of defying Anacleto Comachi's authority. But Father Keogh openly defies the bandit and administers his daily priestly duties at the village church. He even manages to persuade ... Written by nufs68

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The strange and terrible combat of two men in a strange and terrible Mexican town. See more »


Drama | Western


Not Rated | See all certifications »






Release Date:

2 May 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le cavalier noir See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Introducing a clip from this movie in the rather staid context of the BBC's Best of British (1987) program in the late 1980s, Sir John Mills openly acknowledged its homosexual overtones. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Exciting confrontation between a honorable priest and a strange bandit dressed in black
16 November 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The Rank Organisation presents a thought-provoking film , a Roy Baker production , as one of Britain's most solid stylists and released by Rank film distributors limited . It concerns on Father Michael Keogh (John Mills , his third of several works with Baker) , a priest who has been given welcome by Father Gomez (Leslie French), whom he then replaces to a Mexican village after the Revolution . The village is submitted by Anacleto Comachi (Dirk Bogarde) dressed in dark and usually on horse , with its cowardly residents hiding in the houses . Eventually, the priest assists them in regaining their confidence and defending themselves . Anacleto regularly attacks the village and steal all their supplies . Comachi is twenty nine years old and natural son and was born a countrywoman . Father Michael takes on Anacleto who murders people with alphabetic names , beginning D and going on E, F.. Meanwhile , the rich owner's daughter (Mylene Demengeot) falls in love with Comachi.

From the novel by Audrey Erskine written by Nigel Balchin , this British picture is an interesting drama that carries a genuine charge of intelligence with exciting battle of wits between an upright priest and a nasty outlaw . It deals with people living on the edges of themselves and their resourcefulness , a recurring issue in Roy Baker's work . The picture bears remarkable resemblance to ¨Guns of San Sebastian (1968)¨ by Henry Verneuil also with a priest-though false- played by Anthony Quinn who arrives in village being harassed by an evil enemy played by Charles Bronson . A Cinemascope picture in glimmer color processed by the Rank laboratories (Denham) limited, England and well photographed by Otto Heller B.S.C . Good Production Manager by Denis Holt with nice Production design by Vetchinsky made on location in Torremolinos , Malaga, Spain and at Pinewood Studios, London .

The motion picture is professionally directed in Western style by Roy Baker , though contains up and downs with an amazing final . Baker emerged in post-wars years as one of the best Brit filmmakers and ahead of his time in editing techniques , working even in Hollywood, right from his initial American film titled ¨Inferno¨ with Robert Ryan and as ¨Don't bother to knock¨ with Marilyn Monroe . His movies also achieved some of the most important popular successes of the English cinema in the 50s and 60s, including ¨Morning departure¨ ,¨The one that got away¨ and the better film about Titanic tragedy as ¨A night to remember ¨ and at TV as ¨Sherlock Holmes , The Champions , the Saint , and the Avengers¨ . On his return to the cinema in the 60s billed as Roy Ward baker , he no longer seemed the same filmmaker and indeed directed entirely different kind of subjects , mainly terror movies as ¨Quatermass and the pit¨, ¨Vampire lovers¨, ¨Asylum¨ ¨Legend of seven golden vampires among others¨ . Rating : acceptable and passable

9 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 22 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed